What are Worldwise Events?Worldwise Events are hands-on collaborative learning experiences for members of the Dulwich community combining theory and real-world application to foster meaningful, long-lasting connections across our schools and colleges. For students, these events allow further understanding of their world and their ability to make an impact while developing socio-emotional competencies and preparing for life beyond school. For teachers, these experiences provide unique opportunities to connect, share best practices and learn from each other while developing themselves professionally with world-renowned practitioners and educators. And, joining as both audience and active participants, parents and alumni are able to play a core and continuing part of the global Dulwich family. For everyone, Worldwise Events are not only thrilling experiences but also expansive and inspiring demonstrations of the talent, dedication and collaborative power within our community.
A rich history
The Worldwise Events programme was launched more than a decade ago, with the initial goal of providing students at Dulwich College International schools with opportunities to gather, rehearse and perform music. This led to the forming of now-iconic festivals such as the Dulwich Festival of Music, an annual music festival for Senior School students and ISCMS (the International Schools Choral Music Society), one of the biggest and most prestigious annual music festivals for international schools in Asia.
Since those first years, Worldwise Events have grown both in depth and breadth, adding several new elements to the annual programme such as the beloved MADD (Music, Art, Drama, Dance) Festival that welcomes hundreds of Junior School students from across the schools; the prestigious Shackleton Lectures inviting world renowned adventurers and explorers inspiring our communities; the Student Leadership Conference training senior school student leaders; or the famous Dulwich Olympiad hosted by a different school every 4 years where more than 600 students come together for a week of music, drama, arts, dance and sports activities in world famous locations such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Olympic Park.
Engagement online and offline
On top of continuing in-person events as much as possible, we have adapted quickly to the pandemic by re-imagining the virtual environment - building on the advantages of virtual to create more impactful, inclusive and diverse events experiences than would be possible in physical spaces.
Since 2020, our students have continued to inspire us – publishing a poetry anthology with British slam poet Mark Grist, producing and delivering performances online with the Royal Shakespeare Company, sharing best practice and collaborating with peers during the virtual Student Leadership Conference, live-interviewing record-breaking Australian long-distance cyclist and acclaimed educator Dr Kate Leeming, working with photographer and activist Damian Siqueiros, submitting thousands of amazing images to our annual photography competition and developing exciting new and sustainability-minded art forms in the MADD Festival.
These events not only helped students to work with and learn from world renowned professionals but also to connect one with another across the schools, build new friendships and rekindle existing ones.
Partnerships and collaborations with industry-leading practitioners and educators to enrich learning and enhance experience have always played a key role in the Worldwise Events programme. Several projects are built around them such as the annual Diversity Arts Series where schools can choose from an exciting range of practitioners and professionals to work with; the annual Shakespeare Festival in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company; the annual Dulwich Festival of Music in collaboration with the Royal Northern College of Music; and many others.
Every year we engage with new partners while further developing existing partnerships to expand, finetune and deliver the best educational experiences for our community.
Experience of the future
True to our core values we continuously work to elevate Worldwise Events by adopting a pioneering spirit and putting students first in everything we do.
As the Dulwich community grows and expands, so does the Worldwise Events programme - building new bridges, creating new experiences, and connecting the Dulwich community in pursuit of our goal to Live Worldwise.